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The Burial of Kojo

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Beautiful indie drama from Ghana has some violence.

Movie NR 2019 80 minutes
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This is a lush and beautiful film, filled with dazzling images drawn as much from magical realism as from the setting itself. The setting, the Ghanaian countryside and the Ghanaian capital Accra, is revealed as a country at a crossroads between the global and the local, between the outside world of telenovelas and interior world of visions and folklore. As outside forces move in -- exemplified by the Chinese who have aggressively taken over one of the country's valuable resources -- the lead characters struggle to earn any kind of a living, and yet they find a kind of inherent enchantment in visions and perceptions exclusively their own.

The Burial of Kojo is a breathtaking experience, and while the foreshadowing and heightening of the central conflict between the two brothers via the use of Bible stories and a telenovela starts to feel heavyhanded and belabored, it ultimately doesn't change that this is a unique exploration of a familiar theme. The movie also highlights what is gained for audiences when studios and production companies invest more in films made by voices that have always been underrepresented in filmmaking. At its best, film uses story and image to tell unforgettable stories that enrich our understanding of our world, and in that, The Burial of Kojo succeeds unquestionably.

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